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Motorcycle Helmets: Reviews
This section is all about helmets. Rider magazine reviews full-face, three-quarter and flip-up helmets on a regular basis. On occasion half-helmet styles from the editors of American Rider can also be found in this section.

Nolan N44 Motorcycle Helmet Review

Nolan N44 Helmet Front View

Joe Michaud
June 30, 2014

If you favor an open-face helmet but still want a lid that can do double-duty as a full-face when needed, this helmet can be your best friend. The polycarbonate N44 is an upgrade to the popular mid-priced N43. Features include a vastly larger view port, a removable chinbar, improved ventilation, a Pinlock... Read more »

2014 Modular Helmets Buyers Guide

Helmets Rider Magazine

Bill Stermer
June 10, 2014

More and more riders appreciate the benefits of full-face helmets, not just for the comprehensive crash protection they provide, but also for the additional wind and weather protection afforded by the fully encircling shell and face shield. But wearing a regular full-face lid has its disadvantages. If... Read more »

Nolan N86 Motorcycle Helmet Review

Nolan N86 Helmet,

Greg Drevenstedt
June 6, 2014

Our last full-face helmet buyers guide (Rider, July 2013) featured 18 helmets, including the Nolan N85. At $249.95-$299.95 and 3 pounds, 7.9 ounces, it was midpack in terms of price and weight, praised for its comfort, its easy-to-deploy and effective sunshield, and its user-friendly Microlock quick-release... Read more »

HJC IS-17 Motorcycle Helmet Review

HJC IS-17 Motorcycle Helmet

Greg Drevenstedt
November 27, 2013

As the largest motorcycle helmet manufacturer in the world, HJC makes millions of helmets every year. For the U.S. market, it offers more than a dozen full-face, flip-up and open-face models, priced from $99.99 to $564.99 and available in a wide range of colors and graphics. (HJC America’s new designer,... Read more »

AGV AX-8 Dual Evo Motorcycle Helmet Review

AGV AX-8 Dual Evo Helmet.

Greg Drevenstedt
November 5, 2013

In 1945, as Italy began rebuilding after World War II, a young accountant named Gino Amisano started making leather saddles and helmets for bicyclists in the town of Valenza. The fledgling company was called AGV (Amisano Gino Valenza), and Amisano made his first motorcycle helmet in 1947 by shaping leather... Read more »

Shoei RF-1200 Helmet Review

The Shoei RF-1200 comes in a wide variety of solid, metallic and graphic colors.

Mark Tuttle
October 15, 2013

Ever since the first Shoei RF-series full-face helmet was introduced in the mid-1980s, every time a new version is announced it’s a bit worrisome at first, since it seems unlikely that Shoei could possibly improve upon the current model. Almost without exception, however, sliding into each new one—RF-105V,... Read more »

Full-Face Helmets Buyers Guide 2013

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Bill Stermer
July 3, 2013

Why a Full-Face Although wearing any helmet that is at least DOT approved is better than wearing none at all, here at Rider we prefer full-face helmets. A full-facer is one on which the chinbar is an integral part of the helmet rather than an add-on that can be pivoted upward, such as with a modular... Read more »

Shoei GT-Air Motorcycle Helmet Review

Shoei GT-Air Motorcycle Helmet

Greg Drevenstedt
June 4, 2013

When helmet manufacturers release new models or update existing ones, they often incorporate new features or adopt them from other helmets in their lineup. The GT-Air is an all-new full-face helmet from Shoei that combines new and existing features, and is priced between the top-of-the-line X-Twelve... Read more »

Arai Defiant Motorcycle Helmet Review

Arai Defiant Motorcycle Helmet

Greg Drevenstedt
May 30, 2013

The Gospel According to Arai: the prime objective of a helmet is impact energy management; everything else is secondary. Kinetic energy, the amount of work required to accelerate an object from rest to a particular velocity, increases at the square of speed. When speed doubles, say from 30 mph to 60... Read more »

Nolan N85 Motorcycle Helmet Review

Nolan N85 Motorcycle Helmet

Greg Drevenstedt
April 2, 2013

Italian helmet maker Nolan, along with sister brand X-Lite, gets high-profile, worldwide exposure on the heads of MotoGP and World Superbike racers such as Jorge Lorenzo and Marco Melandri. Here in the States, the company is best known for its flip-up helmets, such as the N104 introduced last year. After... Read more »

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